Government Employees (Wages)

Oral Answers to Questions — West Africa – in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the trade union demand for a minimum wage of £6 10s. per month for Government employees in West Africa; and whether any consideration is being paid to this?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I am not aware of any general demand in West Africa for such a minimum wage as is referred to. Careful surveys of the local cost of living have been made by the West African Governments and cost of living bonuses awarded to lower-paid Government employees on varying scales according to circumstances in Nigeria, the Gold Coast and Sierra Leone. The cost of living continues to be carefully watched by those Governments.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman inquire of the actual organisations on the spot, trade unions and otherwise, as to whether the scale is really adequate?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

It is under constant review. If the hon. Gentleman has any facts which lead him to think that in any particular territory it is not satisfactory, I shall be only too glad to have them.